The future of prebiotics and probiotics

Oscar Brunser, Javier A. Bravo, Martin Gotteland

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Probiotics have been defined as “live microorganisms which, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host” (FAO/WHO), and prebiotics as “non viable components of foods whose intake confers benefits to the host because they are associated with the modulation of his microbiota” (FAO). The simultaneous administration of prebiotics and probiotics (named symbiotics) may synergistically improve their health-promoting effects in the organism. A great number of bacterial strains, mainly belonging to different species of the genera Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium, are currently considered as probiotics due to their ability to survive in the gastrointestinal tract and to exert, in a strain-specific manner, activities capable of inducing physiological responses and health-promoting effects in the consumer. Such probiotic activities have been widely described and some of these are listed in Table 1.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProbiotics and Prebiotics in Food, Nutrition and Health
PublisherCRC Press
Number of pages30
ISBN (Electronic)9781466586246
ISBN (Print)9781466586239
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2013
Externally publishedYes


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